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South Africa: Zuma’s home base slates NEC

image The ANC’s Musa Dladla region in the northern reaches of KwaZulu-Natal have slammed “divisive articulations” by some members of the party’s national executive committee (NEC) in the lead-up to the recall of President Jacob Zuma. Regions in the province have been holding branch briefings‚ where the decision to recall the former president has been explained to branch executives. Former ANC treasurer-general Zweli Mkhize addressed eThekwini branch leaders in Durban on Sunday‚ while embattled Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane chaired the feedback session in the Nkosi Bambatha region near Greytown. The Musa Dladla region‚ which encompasses Nkandla‚ said that they welcomed the upright manner in which Zuma stepped down. The ANC n ...
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South Africa: Getting done in like this is heartbreaking‚ says ‘robbed’ SA boxer

image Ryno Liebenberg has described as heartbreaking his controversial sixth-round technical knockout defeat to German Vincent Feigenbutz in Ludwigsburg near Stuttgart at the weekend. Punishing the IBF Intercontinental super-middleweight champion on his home turf‚ Liebenberg knew he was destined to win the bout after trading blows in the fourth round and realising his opponent didn't have the firepower to hurt him. Liebenberg suffered a cut on the head in the fifth round‚ which he believes was caused by a clash of heads‚ but he insists it didn’t impair his vision. The South African brawler‚ who bleeds as easily as he fights‚ was well on top when the referee‚ without consulting the ringside doctor‚ waved the fight over in a decision that many ...
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South Africa: Explainer: If Ajay Gupta flees to Dubai – UN convention can bring him back to SA

image South Africa does not have an extradition agreement with the United Arab Emirates (UAE)‚ where Ajay Gupta‚ a fugitive from justice‚ might be. But this would not stop the South African authorities from requesting the UAE hand Gupta over to face the music in South Africa. Gupta is wanted for his role in the Estina dairy farm scandal and a warrant of arrest has been issued. Police minister Fikile Mbalula said on Sunday that Ajay's lawyers had initially offered to cooperate with the Hawks and hand him over‚ but since then played “cat and mouse”. The Hawks are still hunting for him‚ and have sought assistance from authorities abroad. South Africa has an extradition treaty in place with India‚ where the Guptas are originally from. There were reports t ...
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South Africa: Member of public arrested for illegally reconnecting electricity

image A 50-year-old man was arrested in Bruma‚ east of Johannesburg‚ on Monday afternoon for illegally connecting power supply to a business complex he is in charge of. The suspect was arrested during an operation conducted as part of the city’s #BuyaMthetho campaign‚ which is aimed at enforcing by-laws and bringing the rule of law to the City of Johannesburg. The operation was conducted by the South African Police Services (SAPS) and the Johannesburg Metropolitan Police Department (JMPD) working together with the City of Johannesburg’s Group Forensic and Investigation Service (GFIS). Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba said he had been informed that the business complex in Bruma owed the city about R7.5-million for rates and services. “When ...
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South Africa: Care to join the president for a walk?

image Would we be correct in saying South Africa's new president could be a fitness freak? He may be dealing with serious matters‚ like the state of the nation address or the looming budget speech but Cyril Ramaphosa is consistent in his morning walks. Those who jog or walk along Cape Town's Sea Point Promenade have in the last few days been lucky enough to be joined on their trail by Ramaphosa. image
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Donald Trump Calls Oprah “Insecure” After Watching Her ’60 Minutes’ Debate

  From his Mar-a Lago resort in Florida, Donald Trump took to Twitter to blast Oprah Winfrey Sunday night (Feb. 18) after watching her moderate a debate on 60 Minutes. A panel consisting of Republicans, Democrats, and Independent voters from Grand Rapids, Michigan sat with Winfrey to discuss their political views and the current administration. In the week ending with 17 people killed and 14 injured in a school shooting just 40 miles from the president’s resort, Trump took to Twitter to call Winfrey “Insecure” and blast her for her biased line of questioning. Panelist comments on Trump ranged from total praise “I love him more and more every day,” to unabashed disgust. “All he does is bully people.”   https://twitter.com/realDonald ...
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Tennessee Court Provides Explanation For Cyntoia Brown’s Imprisonment

  Tennessee Court Provides Explanation For Cyntoia Brown’s Imprisonment Cyntoia Brown has received an overwhelming amount of support. Over half a million people have signed multiple petitions for her release, but the state of Tennessee recently professed its right to imprison her. Many have been hot on the trail of the case, the likes of Kim Kardashian, LeBron James and Rihanna calling for her release. However, it was ruled last year that Brown wouldn’t be eligible for parole until 67. The 29-year-old was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to life in 2004. On Wednesday (Feb. 14), an appeal filed by Brown’s legal team in January received a response from the state. And it was rejected. Her team challenged her sentence as the 43-year-old man she killed in 2004 had solicit ...
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Meet The 11-Year-Old Girl Gifting Black Girls With Black Dolls

  Meet The 11-Year-Old Girl Gifting Black Girls With Black Dolls When Zoe Terry was 5-years-old, she remembers being bullied in school because of the color of her skin and her “puffy” hair. Running to her mother in tears, Nakia Bowling tried to turn her daughter’s hurtful experience into a teachable moment. Bowling told reporters, that even as a little girl her daughter wouldn’t let a classmate’s negative words stop her. “When she was bullied, she said, ‘I’m not going to let this get me down. I’m going to do something positive about it,’ ” Bowling said. “She doesn’t let her situation determine her outcome, she determines her outcome.” Zoe decided to do something about it. According to ABC News, Zoe launched “Zoe’s Dolls.” The initiative ...
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South Africa: Floods in northern KZN claims life of 7-year-old boy

image A seven-year-old boy drowned while trying to cross a river following a flood at Emanyameni Reserve in northern KwaZulu-Natal on Monday. Police spokeswoman Colonel Thembeka Mbhele said that detectives would investigate the manner in which the child‚ who has not yet been named‚ had drowned. Heavy rain lashed the northern region of KwaZulu-Natal leaving a trail of disaster in the region - washing away bridges‚ destroying homes‚ displacing residents and uprooting trees. The Jozini area was particularly affected by the downpour‚ which hit on Friday‚ following a warning by the South African Weather Services (SAWS) of heavy rainfall in the northern parts of the province. The weather service issued another alert on Monday‚ predicting severe ...
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South Africa: Affidavit by Atul Gupta challenging freezing of R10m was signed in Dubai

image Atul Gupta was in Dubai on February 8 when he signed his affidavit to challenge the National Prosecuting Authority’s (NPA’s) forfeiture unit from freezing R10-million in his bank account. His affidavit was signed and sworn to at the South African Consulate in Dubai. “I wish to state at the outset that I am currently outside South Africa‚” Gupta said. “This affidavit is prepared in extreme haste as I was only able to give factual instruction on February 7 2018.” NPA spokesperson Luvuyo Mfaku confirmed receipt of Gupta’s court papers. The Hawks are looking for both Ajay and Atul Gupta after raiding their home in Saxonwold last week. Ajay has officially been declared a fugitive. The Times of India reported that Ajay attende ...
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